J.D. Garth on the demoralizing effect of playing golf on the Sabbath, from the Feb. 1, 1917 issue of the Hickory Daily Record
Rev. Edgar Tufts of Banner Elk passed through Hickory last Monday on his way to Raleigh where he expected to seek passage of a bill prohibiting Sunday golf in Watauga, Avery and Caldwell counties. Visitors at Blowing Rock, Linville, and other resorts in the mountains have introduced the game and are demoralizing Sabbath observance, and are especially hurting the moral tone among the boys whom they use as caddies for their Sunday games. The good people are rising in arms against the practice.